Carl Pao and Pasifika students paint a different Pacific picture

Carl Pao working on the Pasifika mural at ANU.

“We tried to shed our preconceived ideas about what ‘Pasifika’, or the Pacific, means,” said Mr Pao. “We discussed each island group and thought about their unique identities relating back to their place of origin. From that we started to think about grander, sweeping elements within the Pacific like ocean, wind, and current, and not only how those tie the mural together but how they have tied us together over the generations.” The mural will be mounted on the western wall of Farea Pasifika – Building 101a, BPB Annex [read more].

You can also see a feature about the creation of this mural on the Australia TV Network Pacific students explore art and identity or listen to the story on Radio Australia.

We would like to express our gratitude to all involved in this collaboration: the Pacific Studies Artist in Residence Committee, Nicholas Mortimer, Josi Baba, Cathleen Nansen, George Carter, Katerina Teaiwa and Pasifika students. We’re especially grateful to the ANU Public Artworks Committee for its support of this initiative, and to Margaret Jolly’s ARC Laureate Project and the ANU’s Student Equity Office for funding assistance.

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